The Archbold golf team returns four letter winners onto a squad which appears to be frequent in depth. They are looking to have an equally successful season as a year ago when they went 11-3-3.
“I expect us to do much better this year as long as we can hit every practice ball with some focus,” said Blue Streak coach Mike Rosebrook of his team. “We still can improve in some areas and, if they do, they will enjoy the kind of success they are envisioning. It is the vision and the drive they have that’s making all this possible.”
“We made some positive schedule changes that should get us more experience on some tougher courses.”
Back for the Streaks are seniors Ian Radabaugh, Elijah Miller and DJ Schroeder, as well as sophomore Brandon Miller. It is a group that has been waiting for their chance to shine.
“They have been looking forward to this for quite some time, so this summer they put a little more effort into their games and it shows,” said Rosebrook. “We had several students play in the summer tournaments and that makes all the difference. Also, our team is deeper this year because our five and six man could easily post a usable score where in years past, if one of our top four had an off day, we suffered.”
As it relates to team flaws, Rosebrook views getting experience for the younger players as something worth noting.
“We have some freshmen and sophomores with pretty good skills, but getting them into matches to gain experience is gonna be tough because of the core team we have in place,” he said.
Adding to the roster are newcomers Mitch Grosjean, Kreighton Simms and Brenden Bostelman. Gone from the squad is Meridith Short.
Coach Rosebrook is looking for a better year all around out of his team, especially as it relates to their standing in the NWOAL.
“We hung in there last year but got beat by just a couple strokes on average and still placed near the top three,” he said. “With the majority of my team still in place and some of the top golfers on the other teams having graduated, I like our chances. This should be our best chance at the title since I started coaching.”
“Still, Swanton looks tough again and we need to finish strong in order to pull off a victory.”
The Streaks have already gotten off to a good start on the season, which includes a second place finish at the Paulding Panther Invitational last Friday. They also began the season by placing eighth in the 17-team Defiance Invitational on Aug. 10.
Their next match is at Stryker on Thursday beginning at 4 p.m.
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010